Camp USA Recalls Winter Climbing Equipment Due to Fall Hazard

Camp USA Cassin Blade Runner Crampon
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August 26, 2015

A Colorado outdoor gear manufacturer is recalling two lines of crampons due to safety concerns.

Camp USA, out of Broomfield, CO, made the announcement this week in regards to its Blade Runner and Tour Nanotech models. A crampon is a device that climbers attach to their footwear to increase traction on icy or snowy surfaces. The primary use is for ice climbing. The two models are being recalled due to different issues that can pose a fall hazard to the user.

In the Cassin Blade Runner and Blade Runner Alpine, the front part of the equipment, where the points connect to the crampon, can break. The Blade Runner crampons have two ice front points and the Blade Runner Alpine crampons have two snow front points. "Sandvik Nanoflex" is printed on a rubber label attached to the gray nylon ankle strap. "Cassin" and "Blade Runner" are stamped on the orange traction plate on the foot of the crampon. The crampon frames are made of Chromoly and Nanoflex steel.

About 900 pairs have been recalled. The firm has received three reports of breaking, but no injuries have been reported. Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled crampons and contact the firm for instructions on receiving free replacement parts.

In the Tour Nanotech Automatic and Semi-Automatic Crampons, the heel bail which connects the ankle strap to the crampon can detach. Both of these are made of steel plates that attach to boots for ice climbing. The Tour Nanotech Automatic has a red heel bail with a gray strap that fastens around the ankle. The Tour Nanotech Semi-Automatic has a red toe strap at the front of the crampon and a red heel bail at the back. A gray strap is connected to both heel bails and fastens around the boot.

The company has received one incident report from this line, but no injuries. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact the firm for a free pair of replacement crampons. About 500 are being recalled.

These crampons were sold at specialty outdoor retailers nationwide and online from June 2013 to June 2015. The Blade Runners sold for about $350, while the Tour Nanotech retailed for about $220.

Consumers with questions can contact the company at (877) 421-2267.

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